News 2013

29 Aug 2013

H1 2013 Results: Zhaikmunai Posts Record Financial and Operational Results

 

H1 2013 Results:

Zhaikmunai Posts Record Financial and Operational Results

 

 

Amsterdam, 29August 2013 – Zhaikmunai L.P. (LSE: ZKM) (“Zhaikmunai”), the oil and gas exploration and production enterprise with assets in north-western Kazakhstan, today announces record results in respect of the six month period ended 30th June 2013.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM A RECORD FIRST HALF-YEAR (H1 2013)

 

  • FINANCIAL:
    • Record total revenue of US$ 442 million, up 37% compared to H1 2012 (US$ 323 million);
    • Record EBITDA of US$ 285 million, up 34% compared to H1 2012 (US$ 213 million);
    • Total cash position of US$ 280 million (including short-term deposits) up 12% compared to the end of FY 2012 (US$ 251 million);
    • Total net debt of US$ 373 million at 30th June 2013, down 7% compared to the end of FY 2012 (US$ 401 million);
    • Net debt to LTM EBITDA ratio fell below 0.75x;
    • Distribution of US$ 0.34 per common unit to Zhaikmunai’s limited partners effective on 26 July 2013, Zhaikmunai’s second distribution to the limited partners.

 

  • OPERATIONAL:
    • Record total average daily production of 46,370 boepd, an increase of 31% compared to FY2012 average (36,940 boepd) [Q2 2013 total average daily production of 46,534 boepd (Q2 2012: 37,285 boepd)];
    • On-target to deliver the planned drilling programme for 2013: the Chinarevskoye field currently has 15 crude oil wells and 13 gas condensate wells in operation.

 

Kai-Uwe Kessel, Chief Executive Officer of Zhaikmunai, commented:

 

Zhaikmunai’s H1 2013 record results bear witness to the patient efforts Zhaikmunai has been making on many different fronts for some time. Our financial performance is excellent, as demonstrated by our record revenue and EBITDA. It is also sustainable. These excellent results, driven primarily by the 31% in production, allow Zhaikmunai to pursue its growth strategy through its drilling programme and further preparatory work around the planned third train of the GTF. Our investment in growth is bearing its fruits as we reduced leverage, outperformed production targets and made our second annual distribution. We have an outstanding platform to build on in the second half of the year.”

 

 

H1 2013: STRONGEST FINANCIAL RESULTS IN ZHAIKMUNAI’S HISTORY

 

All figures in US$ million (unless otherwise stated)

 

H1 2013

H1 2012

Change

Revenue

442.5

323.4

36.8%

EBITDA

284.9

212.8

33.9%

EBITDA Margin

64.4%

65.8%

(2.1%)

 

 

H1 2013

FY 2012

Change

Cash Balance1

279.5

251.4

11.2%

Net Debt

372.7

401.1

(7.1%)

 

 

Revenue, EBITDA and Net Income

 

Revenue from sales of crude oil, stabilised condensate, LPG and dry gas stood at US$ 442 million. EBITDA stood at US$ 285 million. The EBITDA margin remained relatively stable, decreasing slightly to 64.4% from 65.8% in H1 2013 reflecting operational leverage from the capacity to handle increased production. Net income was also up for the period at US$ 112 million.

 

Cost of Sales

 

Cost of sales increased by US$ 40.4 million, or 42.5%, to US$ 135.3 million in the six months ended 30 June 2013 from US$ 95.0 million in the six months ended 30 June 2012 due primarily to an increase in royalties, government share, changes in stock, repair and maintenance and payroll expenses, partially offset by a decrease in materials and supply expenses.

 

Materials and supply expenses decreased 16.1% to US$ 6.3 million while repair and maintenance expenses increased 10.8% to US$ 24.8 million, mainly due to the increased operations and production related to the Gas Treatment Facility (GTF). Depreciation and amortization also increased 38.5% or US$ 17.6 million in the six months ended 30 June 2013 to US$ 63.2 million.

 

On a boe basis, cost of sales increased marginally by US$ 0.31 or 1.9%, to US$ 16.56 in the first six months of 2013 from US$ 16.25 in the first six months of 2012, and cost of sales net of depreciation per boe increased US$ 0.38, or 4.5% to US$ 8.82 in the first six months of 2013 from US$ 8.44 in the first six months of 2012.

 

Cash

 

Zhaikmunai ended the first half of 2013 with US$ 279.5 million in cash and cash equivalents, which includes US$ 4.2 million of restricted cash, US$ 5.0 million in non-current investments, and US$ 14.5 million of short-term deposits. This represents a US$ 28.2 million increase, or 11.2%, compared to the end of the 2012 financial year.

 

Distribution to Zhaikmunai’s limited partners of US$ 0.34 per common unit

 

Zhaikmunai made a distribution to its limited partners of US$ 0.34 per common unit (the “Distribution”), its second distribution to its limited partners in line with its on-going distribution policy. The Distribution was paid by Zhaikmunai on 26 July 2013 to common unit holders on the register of partners and interests at the close of business on 19 July 2013.

 

Initiation of GDR Buy-Back Programme

 

On 22 April 2013, Zhaikmunai announced the terms of a long-term GDR Buy-Back programme to assist in driving shareholder value. This programme commenced as planned in the week of 20 May 2013, following the release of the Q1 2013 Results.

 

Zhaikmunai has since purchased 809,611 of its Global Depositary Receipts (“GDRs”) through Deutsche Bank AG and VTB Capital plc. The purchased GDRs are currently being held in treasury by the Partnership, which has 187,373,337 GDRs in issue (excluding those GDRs held as treasury GDRs).

 

 

OPERATIONS AT PEAK LEVEL

 

Record Production Drives Revenue and EBITDA Higher

 

  • Total average daily production for H1 2013 was 46,370 boepd, an increase of approximately 31% compared to H1 2012 (35,298 boepd);
  • H1 2013 total average daily production was above the 2012 guidance of 45,000 boepd;
  • The product split for H1 2013 was as follows:

 

PRODUCTS

H1 2013 Average Production

H1 2013 Product Mix %

Crude Oil & Stabilised Condensate

19,644 boepd

42%

LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas)

3,950 boepd

9%

Dry Gas

22,777 boepd

49%

TOTAL

46,370 boepd

100%

 

Drilling activities

 

  • 5 drilling rigs are being operated on a full-time basis on the Chinarevskoye field;

 

  • Update on crude oil wells:
    • Drilling started on new crude oil wells # 59 and # 60;
    • Testing started on oil well # 117;
    • Production testing was completed on crude oil well # 725;

 

  • Update on gas condensate wells:
    • Drilling started on new gas condensate wells # 208, # 223 and # 402;
    • Gas condensate well # 217 is consistently performing above expectations;
    • Gas condensate well # 27AD has, on the other hand, been behaving below expectations;

 

  • Zhaikmunai is on target to achieve its planned drilling programme for 2013. The field currently has 15 oil wells and 13 gas condensate wells in operation.

 

Expansion of Processing Capacity with Additional Train to Gas Treatment Facility

 

Zhaikmunai has completed the design of its Gas Treatment Facility’s (GTF) third train, which has been approved by the relevant Kazakh authorities. Bids for the final selection of the main process and auxiliary equipment vendors are currently being evaluated. The civil and construction works tender process has equally been launched. Final results and contracts are expected in the second half of 2013.

 

Other News 

 

Zhaikmunai Wins First Prize in Kazakhstan’s Environmental Protection Contest

 

On June 5, 2013, World Environment Day, Zhaikmunai received the first prize in Kazakhstan’s “Investment in Ecology Contest” organized by the Ministry of Environmental Protection. The prize underscores Zhaikmunai strong environmental protection record, its ambitious social development programme as well as its dedication to community building.

 

 

CONFERENCE CALL

 

Zhaikmunai’s management team will be available for a Q&A session for analysts and investors on Thursday, 29 August 2013 at 14:00 UK time (UTC/GMT+1 hour).

 

If you would like to participate in this call, please register by email using the following email address: ir@nog.co.uk. Please provide your ID details (name, title, company, email address and telephone number) in order to receive dial-in details.

 

 

Download the H1 2013 Financial Statements

 

Download the H1 2013 Management Report

 

 

Further information

 

For further information please visit www.zhaikmunai.com

 

Further enquiries

 

Zhaikmunai LP – Investor Relations

Bruno G. Meere

Kirsty Hamilton-Smith

ir@nog.co.uk + 31 20 737 2288

 

Deutsche Bank + 44 (0) 207 545 8000

Ben Lawrence

JM Hafner

Rob Abbott

 

VTB Capital plc + 44 (0) 203 334 8000

Alexander Metherell

Marcus Brown

Giles Coffey

 

College Hill                                                                              + 44 (0) 207 457 2020

David Simonson

Tony Friend

Catherine Wickman

Anca Spiridon

 

 

About Zhaikmunai

Zhaikmunai is an independent oil and gas enterprise currently engaging in the production, development and exploration of oil and gas in north-western Kazakhstan. Its Global Depositary Receipts (GDRs) are listed on the London Stock Exchange (Ticker symbol: ZKM). Zhaikmunai’s principal producing asset is the Chinarevskoye field, in which it holds a 100% interest and is the operator, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Zhaikmunai LLP. In addition, Zhaikmunai holds a 100% interest in and is the operator of the Rostoshinskoye, Darinskoye and Yuzhno-Gremyachenskoye oil and gas fields. Located in the pre-Caspian basin to the north-west of Uralsk, these exploration and development fields are approximately 60 and 120 kilometres respectively from the Chinarevskoye field.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the statements in this document are forward-looking. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the intent, belief and current expectations of the Partnership or its officers with respect to various matters. When used in this document, the words "expects," "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "may," "will," "should" and similar expressions, and the negatives thereof, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are not promises or guarantees, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes to differ materially from those suggested by any such statements.

 

Deutsche Bank

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VTB Capital

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1 Including restricted cash, non-current investments and short-term investments.